when to visit and not
When to visit
and not visit
April and October are the two most ideal months in Lijiang. The temperatures are pleasant and it doesn't rain as often.
Least desirable months
It rains a lot in July and August. That's important to know because heavy rains can trigger rock and mud slides, which can block roads. This can cause long travel delays or even cancelled plans (such as your trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge). January and February are not superlative months either because of wintry temperatures.
Busy holiday periods
Unless you have firm hotel reservations, skip these ultra-popular Chinese holiday periods (or you may end up without a room):
This is the Lunar New Year celebration. Its start date varies from year to year, anywhere from mid-January to mid-February.
Occurs during the first two weeks in May.
Takes place in the first two weeks in October.